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Oooh baby it was cold outside this past weekend, with temperatures dropping deep into the sub-zero range across New England. Add in some stiff northwest winds and you had the ingredients for severe wind chill and rapid frostbite on any exposed skin. How fast can you get frostbite? This handy wind chill chart from NOAA…

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If you’re planning on heading up to Tuckerman or Huntington Ravine, always check the latest avalanche advisory from the Mount Washington Avalanche Center, which posts daily updates throughout the winter season. And if you’re hitting the slopes, make sure that everybody in your group carries the avalanche safety essentials—shovel, probe, and beacon—and knows how to…

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I’ve covered a lot of ground on snowshoes, both in the snowy backcountry and in many an article over the years. Snow is falling even as I write this, conditions in New Hampshire and Maine are prime for some quality stomping, and further inspiration awaits on the National Weather Service’sin-depth snow information page for the…

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As I highlighted in the current issue of AMC Outdoors, there really is a product called Cat Crap. It’s been my go-to anti-fogging treatment for goggles for many years. That’s not to say there aren’t other options, many of which perform adequately. Regardless of which anti-fogging product you choose, however, it’s important to understand one thing: There is…

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This holiday season, give a gift to your loved ones and your local economy at the same time. Dozens of outdoor gear companies, large and small, call the Northeast home. Many of them manufacture at least some of their products in the region, while others produce their entire collections locally. If you’ve got an outdoor…

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Don’t let the heat coursing through your neck and head escape into the cold clutches of winter. Keep it close instead with the help of an ultralight, ultra-compact, and inexpensive clothing accessory that should be in every cold-weather adventurer’s wardrobe: A liner balaclava. Your carotid arteries and jugular veins lie close to the surface on…

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Winter likes to throw two things in your face: intense glare from the snow and bitter, frostbite-hastening winds. Factor in open terrain above treeline, and the effect is especially punishing. To defend yourself from winter’s onslaught, ski goggles or sunglasses are a must. Here are several variables to consider when selecting winter eye protection. LET…

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Most people have no idea how to properly size and fit gloves, but finding the perfect pair can have a huge effect on how warm and toasty your fingers are (or aren’t) in winter’s chill. Here’s what to look for. Glove fit basics First and most importantly, your fingers should almost, but not quite, touch…

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Tackling the high mountains of the Northeast in winter is serious business. Deep snow, steep terrain, icy conditions… you need to prepare for it all. Given that a good pair of snowshoes is usually an integral part of such adventures, I wanted to highlight several new designs that have caught my attention this season. First,…

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Cold fingers are no fun. So I avoid them by wearing the right pair of winter gloves for the conditions at hand (ha). Over the years, I’ve accumulated quite an array of winter hand wear, which I detail below. But before we get there, it’s important to keep in mind that proper fit is one…

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